Monday, October 6, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0 Weeks 10 - 12

Let's get caught up! I cannot believe how busy my last two weeks have been! I normally book our weekends pretty solid, but I have had a lot of things going on during the week too, so I really haven't been near a computer outside of work hours.

Week 10:

I finally, maybe am feeling a little better. I think that is mostly because my running buddy was out of town this week, so I got to sleep in past 5am all week. 

One of my first cravings happened, Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies. I mentioned them to Dylan and he stopped and bought them for me on the way home. Such a good husband!

Dylan really has been a rock star! He has stepped up a lot and has been letting me get a little more down time. 

Generally I still hate picking food to eat, since nothing sounds good, besides cookies!

I am starting to get impatient for kicking! Last time I was pregnant I had an anterior placenta, so I didn't really get to feel Vander until around 23 weeks. Per online, I could feel the baby as soon as 13 weeks with this being my second. So that will be exciting! I won't find out until my next ultrasound at 12 weeks where my placenta is at. 

Week 11:

How does my stomach feel so small already?! Ugh I feel like I have heartburn all the time and my stomach is unhappy! Tums and Zantac are my BFFs already. 

All of my less tiredness from last week went out the window over the weekend since I woke up in the middle of the night for two and a half hours and then the next night I was the designated driver for my friends bachelorette party. Speaking of which, I would not recommend a strip club while pregnant. I am in the awkward "fat or pregnant?" stage, so that is not helpful when you are surrounded by mostly naked women in pole dancing shape. 

This week I realized one of the major benefits of having a second child, especially so close to your first. I already know what daycare the new baby will go to and what pediatrician we will use, which were such significant decisions the first time. 

Week 12:

My last surge of energy was apparently just a tease, I have definitely been back to bedtime right after Vander. I will eventually see Dylan again!

Apparently I didn't order my stuff for our announcement early enough to tell everyone this week on Facebook and this blog, so I guess I will just have to wait. That gives me ample time to make the necessary phone calls and texts after our appointment on Wednesday. 

Our appointment went well! I finally, finally feel like my fears are 97% gone! I shouldn't have been too concerned since clearly mommy's tummy has been growing but the little missy grew a lot too! It was absolutely amazing to see her. She was just hanging out and sleeping, then stretched her legs a little bit. It was beautiful. I couldn't believe how big she is already! As my doctor said, they pretty much just get bigger now, everything is all there and in place. This pregnancy finally feels comfortable now and while I previously had definitive moments of being in love with the little baby inside me, I feel infinitely more connected to her now that she has an actual shape and maybe a little more personality to me. 

Vander was always really busy in his ultrasounds, so I feel like this baby, boy or girl, might be a little more laid back (maybe like Dylan?). That could also be wishful thinking like the girl part! I hope she is at least just short of driving us too crazy where we still want a third kid. 

The heartbeat was 158, and everything was measuring right on track. The NT scan was right in the healthy range. 

We are both so excited and so blessed!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bridal Shower: High Tea and Tiffany's Theme

One of my long time friends got married a couple weeks ago and I was honored to be able to host the bridal shower the week before!

It was a more intimate wedding, so there were six of us invited to and attending the bridal shower. The small size was perfect since it meant I could spend a little extra on the details and it made for a great intimate atmosphere. 

A couple of us had been to the Brown Palace for high tea a couple months before and absolutely loved it, so I thought that might be a fun way to do brunch since it was a small group. 

I started out by ordering these gorgeous invitations that were all high tea themed:

The invites were perfect for the atmosphere of the event and so much fun to pick out (Thank you Zazzle!)

The color of the wedding was Tiffany Blue, so I used that as the color theme for the rest of the shower.

Since we were going to a restaurant more of less, that meant I didn't need to coordinate food or drinks or much decoration, so it was probably the easiest bridal shower I will ever throw! That left me time and energy to pull together some activities for us to do during the shower.

After some research into options, I chose to do an advice card, a "Finish the Phrase" game and some wedding trivia. I pulled together my stuff from various online places and printed them on Tiffany Blue card stock. The advice cards were separate and the games were on either side of the same piece. It ended up being the perfect amount of activity to keep the conversation flowing and entertain us while we enjoyed our tea and snacks.
They really were Tiffany Blue, but my lighting was terrible

Since it was a small group, I did a favor for everyone that included cookies from a bakery I have used before, nail polish in Tiffany Blue, and eos lip balm since they come in Tiffany Blue.

I had gotten everything ready the day before since I had a terrible dream the bride moved the party up a day to her mom's house and I forgot half of her stuff... 

The day of I set up the table and took some pictures of the setting. I completely forgot to take pictures of the actual food and tea, but we got to pick three teas and we get a three tiered tray full of scones, mini sandwiches and little desserts. It is all super delicious. 

The whole event was so much fun to plan and to be at! I loved every minute of it. I think I probably enjoyed it more than my own bridal shower just because I am a planner at heart and liked knowing what was going on and being involved in all of it. 

I think everyone else had a great time too!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0: Weeks 7 v. 2 through 9

Three more weeks down, five more to catch up!
Week 7 version 2
Per my last post, our due date was changed at our first ultrasound, so I had a chance to “re do” my seventh week again.
Based on the dramatic increase in negative pregnancy symptoms, it was quite a week!
My nausea started up. I had a significant increase in the amount of food I felt the need to eat and now am back to my eating two breakfasts every day. The lower back/hip pain is back this pregnancy with what feels like a vengeance. Looking back at my last pregnancy journal it was really probably about the same, but I bend over a lot more with chasing Vander around.
I am starting to wonder when work will notice that I have only been wearing loose fitting clothes…
Week 8
Only one tiny bit of nausea this week and overall I felt really well, which doesn’t help with my still being nervous about the baby growing!
What also didn’t help was I had some old blood looking discharge, Saturday through Tuesday off and on, which I hadn’t had at all with Vander, so I decided to call the nurse line and I got another ultrasound Wednesday.
(I accidently posted the picture from this second ultrasound instead of the first one last time! I have updated the first post now!)

She was looking great! Her heart rate was 177 and we could see little leg and tiny arm buds. She was measuring a couple days ahead, so right in between the original and final due date, which made me just as relieved as seeing her little heart beating! Vander was always crazy, hence “wigglebug” for his in utero nick name, but she only moved a little bit, which was so super cute! my doctor called that afternoon and told me the discharge appeared to be from a blood clot from implantation and she sees it about 1 in every four pregnancies and that it shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Since I had had two ultrasounds by this point and had been out of the office for the appointments, in addition to my growing belly bump, I figured it was time to tell my work. I told my boss right when I got back from the ultrasound appointment. She was excited and supportive, even though I was going to be out of work during part of our busy season. I told her I planned to tell everyone else at the office the next day, but wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be caught off-guard about it. I brought in cupcakes as the obligatory sweet treat for good news. Generally everyone wasn’t too surprised. I had a very polite comment related to me not looking as thin, one person saw me go right into our boss’s office when I got in from my appointment the day before and thought something had to be up, and another co-worker who had to use my computer and saw me googling Harry Potter pregnancy announcements… It is so nice to not have to be quiet about it anymore and to be able to wear whatever clothes I want.
Week 9
I am glad I got at least one week off of feeling like dirt since I felt crappy every day this whole week from about 10am to 7pm. I definitely go to bed at the same time as Vander. 
The pregnancy brain has fully kicked in since I am completely forgetful. I couldn't even find the silverware in my own house, which has never been moved in the 3+ years we have lived here.
I may have already popped on the belly front...
Dylan and I had a moment watching Vander play when we fully realized we are going back to the beginning again with this whole new baby thing. Vander is so independent (compared to what he was) that it will be strange to be 100% relied on again. Exciting, but it will be a big change!
Alcohol officially doesn't taste good. I had the occasional glass of wine with Vander and it tasted just the same was usual. This time around I had a sip of Dylan's Shock Top at the Broncos pre-game we went to and it tasted like weird tasting water, and I normally really enjoy Shock Top! Then with wine, they all just taste like cheap watery table wine. To each their own on their opinions on drinks while pregnant but I am really sad that I can't even get any enjoyment out of a simple glass of wine! 
I am deep in the midst of food aversions, so one night when everyone else was eating Chinese food, I tried eating a bowl of cereal. Then all Vander wanted to eat was my cereal. Guess I have to suck it up and eat real food!
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